Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Asparagus & Fennel Sauté + 31 More Asparagus Recipes

Nothing says SPRING like ASPARAGUS!  These beautiful green spears are abundant at all the farmers markets around here ... my family can't get enough.  In my home, we devour asparagus about once a week.  Get them while you can ... sadly this delicious vegetable is only around for a short time {this is a true ONE SEASON only vegetable}.   

Asparagus Tips + More:
  • Aspargus is known to be excellent for supporting the kidneys + helps support digestion.
  • It's a great source of folate + vitamins A, B6, C, E and K.
  • It has antioxidants + some say is cancer fighting. 
  • Asparagus breaks down starches + sugars quick - so make sure to eat it within 3 days of purchasing. Since it does not have a long shelf life, it is important to store bottoms sitting in water {like in a mason jar} or wrapped with a damp, clean kitchen towel to help keep it fresh. 

On to the recipe{s} ...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Creamy Turmeric + Ginger Tea {Dairy-Free Option}

A while back one of my Facebook readers shared that her favorite warming drink in the morning is this Creamy Turmeric Tea {that she found on Mark's Daily Apple}.  I had been drinking lots of my Honey-Sweetened Hot Chocolate in the mornings with a bunch of cinnamon and ginger + adding butter {or ghee} and copious amounts of coconut oil to it.  Now, I LOVE LOVE LOVE my hot chocolate + it's extra delicious with added cinnamon, ginger, butter and coconut oil ... but I figured I would check out the recipe my FB reader shared to change up my usual morning warming drink ... especially since everyone is talking about the health benefits of TURMERIC these days.

Since I wanted to make this drink extra nourishing, I changed it up a bit by adding pasture butter + coconut oil*.  I love pasture butter for it's omega 3 fatty acids + CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) ... who am I kidding, I love it because it tastes so good and makes me feel good!  But, I also love it because it's a nourishing fat and helps the body absorb minerals + it's a good source of vitamin D, E and K.  Coconut oil is wonderful for so many reasons too ... I love it because it's high in lauric acid {which is also found in amazing liquid gold a.k.a breastmilk} + it has immune-boosting properties, it's naturally anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal + helps fight of yeast.  And for all of my nursing mommy readers - coconut oil is SO good for you and your baby, it helps increase your lauric acid and can boost milk supply!  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Flourless Chocolate Torte {Grain Free + Dairy Free Option}

Rich, decadent, creamy, chocolatey goodness ... if you love chocolate + cake + truffles, this Flourless Chocolate Torte will not disappoint.  It's so easy to make, and if you're a baker {or a Real Foodie}, you'll probably already have the ingredients on hand ... I almost always do.  So don't wait for a special occasion, make some today and share with someone you love ... trust me there's plenty to go around, it's very rich, so a simple slice is just perfect.

Recipe inspired by: Paleo Flourless Chocolate Cake @ Amee's Savory Dish.  I adapted the recipe just a bit ... both are delicious and full of flavor.  

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Homemade Honey Sweetened Whipped Cream {Real Food + Nourishing}

WHIPPED CREAM - it's a love or hate kind of thing.  I love it, but only if it's homemade.  And I mean made with REAL ingredients, not any of that processed junk.  I rarely have it because I can't stand whipped cream in any other form.  Do you know what's in store bought FAKE whipped cream?  Corn Syrup, Refined Sugar, Artificial Flavors, Carrageenan ... YUCK, no thank you.  And then there's the fluffy kind that comes in the round container ... guess what, it's loaded with Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil ... gross!

Homemade Whipped Cream is SO EASY TO MAKE!  When you make it with REAL, healthy, nourishing ingredients, you can't go wrong.  

The next time you're in need of some whipped cream, please make some on your own.  It literally takes minutes to make and the result is so worth it.    

Monday, February 10, 2014

Homemade Chocolate Caramels {Vegan Option}

February is National Chocolate Lovers Month!  With Valentine's Day coming up, why not indulge and enjoy some delicious chocolate?  

These Homemade Chocolate Caramels are sweet, delectable and oh so good!  They remind me of the See's candy that I grew up eating.  

The best part is they're so easy to make and only have 3 ingredients.  Make up a batch in time for Valentine's Day {or any day} and share some with those you love.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Homemade Anti-Mold Spray & Bathroom Cleaner + 10 Ways to Reduce Moisture in Your Home and Clean Your Indoor Air

MOLD is not my friend.  It's not welcome in my home and never will be.  I have lived in 2 rentals that had serious mold problems - one had toxic mold {aka black mold, Stachybotrys} discovered after 2 years of living there and one had massive amounts of Aspergillus penicillium and Cladosporium which developed over time.  

[Serious mold problems need to be dealt with by a licensed mold professional.  Do not let anyone who is not a licensed mold professional {including you, a landlord, contractor, etc.} start removing anything {walls, flooring, carpet, wallpaper, etc.} or disturbing the mold, this will only further damage your home and your health.]   

Most homes have common household mold from time to time, especially in bathrooms.  It's important to clean them as often as possible and as soon as you see the mold before it becomes a problem.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Tiny Love's Birth Story {Water Homebirth}

Big Love + Me = Tiny Love {photo by Life's Little Blessings Photography}

Today is a special day, it's Tiny Love's 1st BIRTHday!  Wow, this year has gone by so fast, I can't believe she's 1!  Thank you to all of my loyal readers who shared so much support during my pregnancy and postpartum ... I promised I would share her birth story, and here it is finally.  This is my story, the homebirth of our daughter. 

If you chose to comment here, please keep comments respectful.  This story is very personal and dear to my heart.  It's my personal experience.  I know homebirth is not for everyone, but it was what was best for me and my baby. 

The sticker given to us by our midwives ... it hangs proudly in our home.

Homebirth is so special to me, both of our girls were born at home.  I cannot imagine giving birth any other way.  My two homebirths have been the most amazing experiences of my life.  Birth is so sacred ... for me, being in my own home doing what I need to do without interruption is important.  Being in my own space, wearing what I want to wear, eating and drinking what I want and trusting myself, my body, my baby, my husband and my midwives is all I need.  Knowing that after my labor, I will have a beautiful gift in my arms, and I will be able to get into my own bed and rest ... there is just nothing like it. 

8 months pregnant {photo by Life's Little Blessings Photography}